Meet the Judges for the Leaders in Hospitality Awards 2018

by Patrick Ryan | Published 2 years ago

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The Leaders in Hospitality Awards 2018 are taking place on 29 April at the St. Regis Dubai. This year’s awards are the biggest yet and as we approach the nominations deadline, Hotel News Middle East is pleased to present the judging panel to you…

Comprising some of the region’s key experts the panel has extensive knowledge of the key trends, opportunities and challenges associated with the business and a wealth of experience spanning operations, investment, development, education, marketing and consumer trends.



Rabih Feghali – director Roya International: This third-generation hotelier works for Roya where he is tasked with spearheading business development activity. A regular panelist and moderator at hospitality investment conferences across the Middle East and Africa, his business focus and strength in communications, opportunity analysis and negotiation are all driven by a passion for every aspect of the hospitality industry.

Rabih Feghali Profile 2016


Filippo Sona – Colliers director/ head of hotels MENA Region: Filippo is an investment and development professional with 22 years of hotel operational and advisory experience gained from the UK, Europe, USA and MENA regions

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Helen Morris executive chef / senior lecturer at The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management: Helen has been a chef in leading five-star hotels and restaurants in the UK and London and she was a head of department in a leading education institute in London before joining Emirates Academy. She has expertise in fine dining restaurants, hotel kitchen management, food safety and hygiene and event catering.


Helen Morris


Martin Kubler, CEO SPS Affinity: Kubler is a  hotel GM turned hospitality and service industries consultant with 20 plus years of executive-level management experience in three, four and five-star hotels in Europe and the Middle East.

Martin Kubler

Martin Kubler

Daniel During, principal and managing director Thomas Klein International Hospitality School: Daniel has 20 years’ experience in the F&B and Hospitality Industry, covering all aspects from product and brand creation to operations management.



Talal Yousif, director HVS: Over the last 20 years, Talal has built extensive hotel operations management experience with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts across in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East, consulting experience with HVS London and Dubai, and hotel development for Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts in charge of its growth strategy across the Middle East region.

Talal Yousif


Sidharth Mehta, partner KPMG: Sidharth joined KPMG UAE in 1999 and is currently an Audit Partner within KPMG’s Infrastructure, Government and Healthcare department. Over the years, he has gained significant experience in leading the audits of real estate, construction, and engineering industry and is currently responsible for managing audits of several large local business groups and multinationals.

Sidharth Mehta - Partner, KPMG in the UAE



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